MEDIA RELEASE 26 February 2016
The Australia Christian Lobby said news that extreme erotic material has been promoted by websites linked to by the Government-funded Safe Schools Coalition were disturbing and warranted the immediate suspension of the program in Australian schools.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the revelations
in parliament yesterday by LNP QLD MP George Christensen that Safe Schools was directing children toward pornographic content, sex shops, sex clubs and adult communities through other websites would be of concern to the overwhelming majority of parents.
“The welfare of children must come first. To have a government-sponsored website instructing children to click through to age-inappropriate websites is a failure of the government’s duty of care. Commonwealth and State governments must immediately suspend the Safe Schools Coalition Program pending the review by Education Minister Simon Birmingham,” Mr Shelton said.
“The ACL commends Mr Christensen for bringing this to the attention of parliament and so many concerned parents.”
Mr Christensen tabled a document in parliament detailing how the Safe Schools Coalition website directs students to the Minus 18 website which has links to The Tool Shed sex shop, a teen sex advice site called Scarleteen and Melbourne gay bar the GH Hotel.
Overnight The Tool Shed link had been removed from the Minus 18 website.
“It is disturbing enough that Safe-Schools advocates allowing boys to use the girls’ toilets and gives instruction in chest-binding for girls and penis tucking for boys.
“That the Safe Schools-promoted Minus 18 website has been providing links to adult content is alarming.”
In his speech, Mr Christensen said: “If parents knew this was the type of material their children were being exposed to they would probably not let them go to school.’’
Mr Shelton said: “It is disappointing that Labor child safety spokeswoman Terri Butler is calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to condemn Mr Christensen.
“As Labor’s child safety spokeswoman Ms Butler should be focusing her attention on the material that the Safe Schools Coalition is promoting, including through the Minus 18 website.
“People need to calm down in this debate and actually look at this material rather than attacking those who are bringing its content to the attention of parents.
“The Safe Schools Coalition purports to be an anti-bullying program but instead is providing links to adult-only sites.
"Safe Schools tells children they must have access to the Minus 18 website which instructs girls in chest binding so their breasts are flattened and penis tucking for boys."
Since marriage was redefined in countries like Ireland and Canada, programs like Safe Schools had become mandatory.
The Victorian Government plans to make Safe Schools mandatory from 2018.
"Many people are asking questions about where rainbow ideology is taking our politics.
"The Government should immediately pay out its contract with the program providers," Mr Shelton said.
Link to the speech by MP George Christensen on 25/2/16 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH0V-AnnnRw&sns=em
Link to the Hansard speech by MP George Christensen: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2F115c3603-d1aa-4e7e-8ec1-5ec3e40edc8a%2F0160%22Media contact: 02 6259 0431